She passed away on Saturday (from cancer, at the age of 75). By passing away on Saturday, most of us who blog week nights were already done. Which meant the first way it could be noted was at Third but that was a long and problematic writing edition. We almost did a short feature. But in the end not even that.
The next obvious place it would be noted was at The Common Ills. But C.I. wasn't going to touch it. She'd already stated she wasn't writing about Elizabeth Taylor's death (she knew Taylor) and so she wasn't going to write about anyone else. There was an attorney who passed away last week as well. C.I. had stated she was only noting Iraqi deaths.
With the Libyan War, a lot of us are focusing on that.
So Ferraro got set aside.
In the meantime, Sarah Palin wrote and stated some very nice things about Ferraro and the debt women owed to her.
She was the first woman to run on a presidential ticket of a major political party in the US. That was in 1984 when she was Walter Mondale's running mate.
Until 2008, she was the only woman. That year, Sarah Palin became only the second.
Ferraro made a point to note political disagreements with Palin but not to attack her. She knew the value of Palin for women.
And it's a shame others couldn't join Ferraro in that.
We've not attacked Palin community wide. We get what Ferraro got. Both Palin and Ferraro sent a message to women and girls. It's a positive message.
As bad as it was for Palin (and for Hillary in the Democratic Party primary -- that Hillary won even though they refused to give her the nomination), it was even worse for Ferraro. She had to face all the sexism at a time when people really thought it was appropriate. If you defended a woman from sexist attacks in 2008 or since, you know a number of people seem to think it's still okay but it was even worse in 1984.
Ferraro was a trail blazer. She earned her place in history.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"